Baking Extravaganza 2015

It’s Friday and officially the last weekend before Christmas!! Don’t know about you, but I‘m pretty excited to be done with work for a little bit and spend some time with family. We have Ryan’s family Christmas this weekend, next week we have one back home and when we get back we’ll have Ryan’s immediate family for the last Christmas of the year. It’s going to get busy pretty soon!

If you’re still in the search of cookie ideas, I have compiled the list and recipe of cookies that Laurie and I make every year. It’s just a two woman show, so I don’t have any pics of us and all the flour and powdered sugar that covers my clothes, but I do have pictures of the end result. The beginning is always quite chaotic with pounds and pounds of ingredients on the countertops. She does have a farmhouse style sink, which makes cleanup a breeze.

Baking Extravanagnza 2015 materials

We’ve gotten together to bake cookies during deer hunting weekend for about 4 or 5 years, and I don’t see us stopping any time soon. We always add more recipes, which is always an experiment. After we’re all done, we sort them into boxes and share them with friends, family and neighbors. To be honest, I have no idea how many we make, but it’s definitely a lot.

Baking Extravaganza 2015 ingredients

Gingerbread Cookies

This was our only cheat recipe. We couldn’t find molasses  in the small town store, so Laurie just ended up using Betty Crocker mix packets. They actually weren’t too bad, but definitely not the same as if they were made from scratch.

Ginger Snaps

Peanut Butter Blossoms

We follow this recipe, sometimes half it if we don’t need that many. Always a favorite cookie that gets requested a lot.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Snickerdoodles

Another classic and my FIL’s favorite cookie. We follow this recipe, but we change the shortening to half cup shortening and half cup butter, change the salt to 1/4 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Snickerdoodles

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

We made these this year following Rachel Cooks’ recipe, but instead of baking chips, we used crushed candy canes. Mainly because we didn’t get any peppermint baking chips, but I recommend to use them, since they don’t melt like the candy canes do.

Shortbread Peppermint Cookies

Cherry Bing Bars

This recipe was actually quite hard to find. It took us forever to find it in our first year. This one is one of Laurie’s favorites and apparently a classic recipe that’s gotten lost in time. We used the recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff.

Cherry Bing Bars

Chocolate Crinkles

Ryan’s go to cookie. He loves them. They are pretty messy to do, but oh so good. Follow this recipe. We usually bake them a minute or two less to make sure they stay nice and chewy.

Chocolate Crinkles

Italian Wedding Cookies

These are definitely my favorite. They’re soft and crumbly with a great nutty taste. Follow this recipe. Change salt to 1/4 teaspoon. Also, to ensure the powdered sugar adhesion, roll in sugar before transferring to wire rack while still warm, and then once more once the cookies is cool.

Italian Wedding Cookies

Sugar Cookies

For the sugar cookies there’s no better recipe than the one shared by The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. Since we were low on powdered sugar, we just combined a cup of powdered sugar, 2 tsps of vanilla and 2 tsps of milk to make the glaze for the snowflakes. The rest of the details were done with sprinkles and writing icing that Laurie had bought.

Sugar Cookies

It’s always along day, but oh so worth it. The smell of cookies and the sugar high is something I look forward to every year.

Cooling Station

Have a good weekend!

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